Pirates overpower undermanned Generals
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 24, 2015 05:05 PM
TAKING ADVANTAGE. LPU took care of business against an EAC side which wound up with only eight active players.
For two quarters, Emilio Aguinaldo College looked to be rallying around the latest ugly incident they got embroiled in. In the end, however, the numbers game proved too much to overcome on Thursday at the San Juan Arena.
A full-strength Lyceum of the Philippines University got down to business in the second half to bury the Generals, 59-45, and notch their fourth win in 16 games in the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Playing without suspended key players Sidney Onwubere, Jeric Diego, and Raymund Pascua, EAC still got out to a 25-22 lead at the half. Already down to only nine players suited up, however, coach Andy De Guzman suffered another casualty when Jefferson Mallari was thrown out for second motion on Pirates reinforcement Victor Nguidjol.
With reed-thin Hamadou Laminou the only remaining big, Nguidjol had his way inside on both ends. The Cameroonian intimidated the Generals to 13 points and below in the last two quarters all while wounding up with a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double.
Even if it their remaining schedule no longer has any bearing in the tournament, coach Topex Robinson said his crew will keep going after each game to learn – whatever the result is. “We’re big picture thinkers and as much as we want to cry about our season, there’s a lot if basketball to be learned,” he said.
Francis Munsayac and Christ Mejos had 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Generals who fell to 2-14. Onwubere, Diego, and Pascua were all serving suspensions for their particupation in last Tuesday’s on-court and parking lot incidents.
LPU 59 – Nguidjol 16, Ayaay 10, Baltazar 7, Sunga 4, Lacastesantos 4, Taladua 4, Alanes 3, Gabayni 3, Malabanan 2, Elmerjab 2, Bulawan 2, Marata 2, Soliman 0, Mbida 0
EAC 45 – Munsayac 11, Mejos 10, Hamadou 10, Estacio 6, General 4, Bonleon 3, Mallari 1, Pascual 0, Corilla 0
QUARTER SCORES: 12-6; 22-25; 39-38; 59-45
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